Cleland Bulstrode Cumberlege 1875-1946 Cleland Bulstrode Cumberlege 1875-1946 was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1915 for "distinguished service in the field." Cleland was a career soldier and you can read about his career here.
By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

 

CUMBERLEGE, Cleland Bulstrode, Capt., was born 5 June, 1875, at Nagpore, India, son of Colonel A.B. [Alexander Bulstrode] Cumberlege (Indian Army) and of E.F. Broadwood. He was educated at Eastbourne College, and joined the Imperial Yeomanry in Nov. 1899, for service in the South African War, 1900-1902. He served as Trooper in the Imperial Yeomanry, employed with Mounted Infantry; took part in the operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 Nov. 1900, including action at Elands River (4 to 16 Aug.); in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, including action at Fabers Put; in the Transvaal 30 Nov. 1900, to June, 1901; also in Orange River Colony, Sept. 1901, to May, 1902, (Queen’s Medal with three clasps, and King’s Medal with two clasps). He was given a commission in the Bedfordshire Regt. 27 July, 1901; became Lieutenant 23 March, 1904; Captain 1 April, 1910; was Adjutant, Militia, 22 Nov. 1911, to 30 Oct. 1914. He served in the European War, and was promoted Major 12 Nov. 1915; was Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 5 Nov. 1916, to 13 July, 1917. He was recommended for good work at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March, 1915, when he was severely wounded. He was mentioned in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 23 June, 1915]: “Cleland Bulstrode Cumberlege, Capt., The Bedfordshire Regmt. For distinguished service in the field.” During the years 1895-99, and again in 1903-5, Major Cumberlege was an amateur steeplechase rider in the south of England and at military meetings. Major Cumberlege married, 19 Dec. 1905, at Wimbledon, Leila Macdonald, daughter of the late Simon Martin, Bengal Civil Service, East India Company, and they have a son, Cleland Cumberlege, born 14 Sept. 1906.

[Source: The Distinguished Service Order 1886 – 1915, Volume One, p.399]

War Office,
23rd June, 1915.
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned Honours and Rewards for distinguished service in the Field, with effect from 3rd June, 1915, inclusive:

The Bedfordshire Regiment.
To be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Captain C. B. Cumberlege

The London Gazette
Publication date:22 June 1915 Supplement:29202 Page:6122
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29202/supplement/6122

 

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.,
3rd June, 1919.
The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for valuable services rendered in connection with the War: —
To be Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order.
Cumberlege, Maj. (T./Lt.-Col.) Cleland Bulstrode, D.S.O., Bedf. R.

The Edinburgh Gazette
Publication date:5 June 1919 Issue:13457 Page:2002
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/Edinburgh/issue/13457/page/2002

Cleland Bulstrode Cumberlege of Meadway Kingston Lane Southwick Essex (sic) [Sussex] died 20 March 1946 at Southlands Hospital Shoreham-by-sea Sussex Probate was granted at London on 30 August 1946 to Messrs HOLT and Company Trustees and Leila MacDonald CUMBEREGE widow. Effects £12,919 4s 3d.

Medals

BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

OFFICERS/164 pages 1 to 4

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Decoration granted under Army Order of [1914 Star]

Rank

Name

Date of Disembarkation

Remarks

Captain

CUMBERLEGE C.B.

Embarked 2 Nov 1914

WS/3/955 IV 1100/m 22 May 1919

War Office, AG10, 23 September 1918

BEDFORD REGIMENT

OFF/284

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal granted under Army Orders 38 of 19

Rank

Name

Record of disposal of decorations

Remarks

Captain

CUMBERLEGE C.B.

WS/3/955

BW & VM IVX/8997 15 Sep 1921

Emblems IVX/8997 15 Sep 1921

 

Medal Card

Campaign:              B.E.F.1914

 

A) When decoration was earned

B) Present situation

Name

Corps

Rank

Reg. No.

Roll on which included (if any)

A) CUMBERLEGE

2nd Bedfordshire Regt.

Capt.

%

Off:/164/1 Bedford Regt

B) C.B.

 

Major

 

 

Cleland Bulstrode

 

Action taken

1914 Star issued I.V. 1100/m d 22/5/19 WS/3/955

Clasp & Roses IV. 1125/c d/ 31.10.21 WS/3/955

Medal

Roll

Page

VICTORY

Bedf R % OFF/60

38 IVX/8997 d/ 15/9/21, WS/3/955

BRITISH

ditto

ditto

STAR

 

 

Disembarkation

30/10/14 WS/80      WS/3/955

Returns

                          Ext from EF/9/4400

 

Emblems IVX/899 a/ 15/9/21 WS/3/9552

W6505

 

Correspondence

G.O.C. i/c Eastern Command forward application for 1914 Star

 

Address: H.Q. Eastern Command

O/C No. 2 Inf Records Warley ^?^ roll of officers of 2nd Bn Bedford Regt eligible for 1914 Star 22.11.17

EF9 Retd 15/7/21

Appl for clasp, Unit eligible

Tlu? O.C. Depot Bedford & Hertford Regt Bedford fwds from Roll of Officers entitled to the 1914 & 15 Stars & Medals d/ 14.9.21

 

Address: Warley

The Barracks, Kempston, Bedford

 

Notes:

1: B.E.F. = British Expeditionary Force

2: Emblems means that he was mentioned in despatches